Why would I live climate neutral?

Meanwhile, we have almost all noticed – the climate crisis caused by the massive emission of greenhouse gases from humans is taking its unbraced course. We are getting closer to the so-called climate tipping points, e.g. the melting of the polar caps or the thawing of the permafrost floors - the scientific evidence for this is clear.

In order to avoid the climate crisis and the consequent human-made climate change, the world’s leading climate scientists from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) recommend, that before climate change gets fully out of control, a limitation of global global global warming to 1.5°C needs to be implemented.

It is the same target that the international community of states fixed in the Agreement of Paris in 2015. Unfortunately, the implementation of this objective still awaits us – it is important for each and every one of us to proceed with a good example on the way to a more climate-friendly and climate neutral future.

And that's what we're doing at goclimateaction. It makes us hopeful that many people are not only seriously perceiving the climate crisis, but are becoming active, e.g. by changing travel behavior (also beyond the necessary Corona-related measures) or a meat-poor or meatless diet.

The less good news, however, is that these measures will not be enough to put an end to the climate crisis. We at goclimateaction want to help you make an even more effective contribution to achieving the 1.5°C target.

What is necessary to reach the 1.5°C target of the Paris agreement?

Time is scarce — we are the last generation to stop climate change. The absolute amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere is crucial for global global warming. Each ton counts. The IPCC in its special report from 2019, assumes that humanity as of 2020 as a whole still has approximately 420 gigatons of CO2-equivalents to emit to limit global warming to 1,5 C degrees (in 2019, globally around 40 Gt CO2e were emitted).

Global emission budget by 2050, time is pressing (Source: German Zero 2021 according to IPCC)

That means that we have only left at the current level of emissions this decade to drastically reduce our greenhouse gas emissions and we are not expected to emit greenhouse gases into the atmosphere at the latest in 2050, to be in line with the remaining CO2-Budget. What remains? Climate neutral now!

What does climate neutral mean?

Each of us has a greenhousegas footprint. Every hour, every day, every year. Climate neutral means in short, reducing your personal greenhouse gas balance to net zero. This is the only way that our remaining CO2-budget does will suffice.

To achieve this by 2050 at the latest, the IPCC's 2019 plan provides for two measures:

  • we have to reduce the emissions of greenhousegases massively (from approx. 40 Gt in 2019 to under 10 Gt CO2e in 2050), and
  • we need to find ways to neutralize all the greenhousegases that are not further avoidable at this time through technical measures (e.g. technical carbon capture & storage) or natural solutions (e.g. planting trees, protecting forests, switching to renewable agriculture) from the atmosphere.

So, both reduction and compensation measures are urgently needed. We will not, with the highest probability, manage our CO2 despite all efforts by 2050, in a way that we can avoid emissions in all sectors of life and industry in a global way. 

The principle of CO2-compensation is widely used worldwide and has been used for many years by countless companies and a great many individuals.

What can I do to achieve the 1.5 C target?

You can help yourself, your family, your friends and all other people by doing what the entire world population needs to do by 2050: live climate neutrally! And it is today. If we do not take action today, we will no longer have a chance to stop the climate crisis. goclimateaction is aimed at all of us as private individuals. Without the commitment of each individual to the climate crisis, the mission “Fighting Climate Change” will fail. 

First, reduce your emissions wherever it goes. It is often easier than thought to reduce its own carbon footprint. A first small step for you could be, for example. be to reduce (or completely discontinue) own meat consumption and to pay attention to regional value chains when it comes to meat purchase. Another personal goal would be to question one's mobility behavior and from now on more often put on the bike for short distances instead of driving. There are countless small and feasible ways to relieve the climate.

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Live climate neutrally

After your personal CO2-reduction activities, your second step ist to live a fully climate neutral life by transparently compensating your emissions that are no longer avoidable.

Of course, the CO2-offset is always just the second best solution - it would be better to avoid all greenhousegases from the outset. But the fact is that our western lifestyle is not currently allowing a climate neutral life alone through our personal efforts to avoid emissions. This can only be achieved by compensating for your no longer avoidable emissions with certified international climate protection projects. How to learn here.

Why me and not the others?

Why does it make sense that you are going ahead with a good example and are living climate neutrally? This is exactly what many of us are asking.

The average footprint of a German is 11.6 t, while the average global footprint is just 4.9t. With 11.6 t, therefore, every citizen of Germany is more than 2 x higher than the global average emissions per capita.

At the same time, however, we have a much greater potential for emission reductions due to our level of prosperity and we have also the purchasing power to develop climate friendly technologies and product alternatives through our individual purchase decisions.

The monthly cost to offset your CO2-footprint is €14. For many of us, it is possible to make this contribution to protect our planet sustainably. So get active - for your children and for all of us.

Climate neutral now - time is pressing!